Obligatory Cat Photo & the Weekly Link Up

Earlier this week, I posted a question on my Facebook page asking readers if they purchased holiday gifts for their fur babies.  The response was an overwhelming YES!  I haven’t purchased anything for my cat, Hemingway, but that’s only because I know I can rely on my mother, stepmother, and mother-in-law to spoil him for me!

My mother-in-law purchased a cat recliner for Hemingway and made us open it early.  You can see that he loves it!

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I just couldn’t resist posting this photo here, even though I already put it on Facebook.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the link-up, but oh well!  Now, onto the link up…

Here’s How It Works

  1. Use the blue “Click Here to Enter” link below to share your best infertility-related post from the last week or so. I’ve started things off by linking to my favorite post from this week
  2. Please remove any profanity from the title of your link-up submission.
  3. At the bottom of your post, please link back to my blog so others can find the link-up. You can use the button below, if you wish. A text link is fine, too.
  4. Please visit at least one other blog in the link-up and leave a comment there. This is so important because the goal of a link-up is to generate community!
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How My Husband Finds Hope During Infertility

This is a post from my husband, Tom.  Be sure to check out his other posts and share them with the men in your life.  

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When you’re struggling with infertility, you have to hold onto things that give you hope. The daily emotions are like a roller coaster ride (some days I wonder why I am so upset, others I can barely leave the house). Infertility affects men in different (and sometimes more dangerous) ways than women, so it’s important for men to have specific things on which they anchor their hope.

I am not claiming that the pain just vanishes when the “happy thought” comes in, but for me, having hopes of things and events to come have proven invaluable. Here are the three truths that give me hope during infertility:  [Read more…]

Jessica’s Infertility & Endometriosis Story

Each week I interview someone who has experienced infertility firsthand. This week I’m so happy to interview Jessica. You may remember her from the guest post she wrote about the lessons infertility taught her. Today, she shares more about her infertility and endometriosis story. I hope it encourages you as much as it did me.

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Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 34 year old who is happily married to a man who adores me. I am a Christian school teacher who loves any church ministry I can get my hands into. My husband and I are active in our local church, sing together, and love spending time together. I enjoy playing the piano and hunting for a bargain.

Q. How long have you been trying to conceive and what issues are you facing?

We have been TTC for 4 ½ years. I have stage IV endometriosis which was responsible for the removal of one of my ovaries two years ago. I have had six surgeries for the endo which has not resolved any issues, only served to slow things down. I spend my periods in the ER getting shots of narcotics to calm the pain that comes with the endo. I am not able to take fertility drugs due to the chance that they could send my endo over the top.

[Read more…]

31 Days of Prayer During Infertility eBook

During the month of October, I wrote a post each day dealing with prayer during infertility.  I was overwhelmed by the positive response I received from readers.  Several of you even encouraged me to release the blog posts as an infertility prayer eBook.  So, I’ve done just that!

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The eBook contains all the blog posts and printable journal sheets in one convenient, easy-to-read PDF.  I’ve also added printable Scripture cards to help you memorize God’s Word, and a resource list with book, music, and article suggestions for deeper study and reflection.  Finally, you’ll get access to a special Resources web page where you can download three Scripture wallpapers for your computer.

If you’d like to purchase the eBook, you can buy it here.  Or, check out the sales page if you’d like more information.

Thanks again for all your support and encouragement!

 

This post is linked up with Faith Filled Friday // Christian Mommy Blogger // Grace at Home // Hearts for Home // Homemaking Party //  Thriving Thursday

Lay Your Infertility Burden Down {Weekly Infertility Link Up}

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The holidays are tough for me this year.

We’re in the middle of a waiting season.  It’s been five months since our last IVF cycle, and we have three more to go.    The wait feels so long.

I was pregnant briefly in March after our first IVF.  Had that pregnancy stuck, I’d be delivering a holiday baby right about now.  We should be buying “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments, but I’m not even sure if I’m going to put up a tree.  The loss feels heavier because it’s Christmas.

I cried at church on Sunday when a new acquaintance’s two young (adopted) children ran gleefully to him after coming out of Sunday School.  I wasn’t sure if I was crying because they reminded me of what I don’t have or because it’s such an amazing adoption story (probably both).  Whatever the reason, the ache is deep and seems to only get deeper as time passes.  [Read more…]